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Goddard joins International Rules coaches

Natasha Wade  November 7, 2017 5:13 PM


Bec Goddard will join the coaching panel for the upcoming International Rules match in Adelaide

I want to learn from different coaches and I thought this was an opportunity too good to miss.

Crows AFLW premiership coach Bec Goddard will be part of the Australian men’s coaching team for the International Rules match against Ireland in Adelaide this Sunday, November 12.

Goddard will join Geelong coach Chris Scott and his brother, North Melbourne Coach Brad, as well as Fremantle coach Ross Lyon on the coaching panel for the first game of the two-match test series at Adelaide Oval.

It’s all about continuing to learn for Goddard, who – together with her work at the Australian Federal Police (AFP) – has spent much of the AFLW off season studying different coaches and their methods.

“I saw the International Rules series was on and I thought it would be great for my professional development, so I sent an email to Chris Scott to see if it was a chance,” Goddard said.

“I want to learn from different coaches and I thought this was an opportunity too good to miss.”

Tickets are still available for the first hybrid AFL-Gaelic football match, which kicks off at 3.40pm.

The second match in the series is in Perth on Saturday week, but Goddard won’t travel to Western Australia due to commitments with the AFP and the commencement of the Crows’ pre-season.

Goddard said the group was looking forward to resuming training.

“Everyone’s been doing different things during the offseason with work or footy or travel so we’re looking forward to being back together with the addition of some new talent,” she said.

“The inaugural season was all about creating a great culture and setting a high standard. We come back knowing others are reaching to that standard, so we have to get better.”